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Audrey Abella, 23 hours ago
The combination of atezolizumab and bevacizumab (atezo-bev) delivered better overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) outcomes than sorafenib in patients with untreated, locally advanced metastatic or unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the phase III IMbrave150 trial has shown.
2 days ago
In patients receiving peritoneal dialysis, inulin-type fructan (ITF) intervention limits the increase in gut microbiome-generated indole, suggests a study.
Pearl Toh, 3 days ago
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic which has taken the world by storm, the lack of approved treatments targeted towards coronavirus has left physicians worldwide grappling with the situation. To help them navigate the black box of COVID-19 management, the ACP* has released a behemoth 28-chapter guide to arm physicians in the virus-infested battle field.
4 days ago
Neither the presence nor the level of ammonia influences inpatient management of hepatic encephalopathy (HE) with lactulose, which suggests that ammonia levels do not guide therapy in clinical practice, according to a study.
Jairia Dela Cruz, 5 days ago
Persistent hepatitis B virus (HBV) replication contributes to an increased risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and suppressing this replication with tenofovir disoproxil fumarate yields greater HCC risk reduction than with entecavir, according to the results of a meta-analysis.
5 days ago
The perception that proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) cause multiple serious adverse effects (AEs) is supported by many internists, who then recommend treatment cessation even in patients at high risk for upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB), reveals a study.
Jairia Dela Cruz, 6 days ago
Bowel wall thickness in transperineal ultrasound correlates well with both endoscopic severity and histological activity in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC), as shown in a study. The combination of transperineal and transabdominal ultrasound enables visualization of the entire colorectum and is an ideal modality to monitor disease course through a treat‐to‐target strategy.
Special Reports
10 Mar 2020
RB Health is committed to support healthcare quality improvement through CME activities that help physicians stay updated with the latest developments in medicine. At the RB symposium held in Kuala Lumpur, two distinguished speakers gave their insights into the management of acid reflux and sore throat – two of the most common reasons for patients to visit their doctors.
26 Nov 2019
At the recent Takeda Malaysia Vocinti® (vonoprazan) launch, held in conjunction with the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Malaysian Society of Gastroenterology and Hepatology - GUT 2019 at Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur, Professor Akihito spoke about vonoprazan’s merits as an alternative to conventional proton pump inhibitors.
Dr Raghav Sundar, 09 Sep 2019

Overall survival (OS) is currently the primary criteria in assessing the efficacy of a cancer treatment. Dr Raghav Sundar, a consultant medical oncologist at the National University Hospital, Singapore, details the crucial role played by tumour response in evaluating treatment efficacy, with a focus on the multiple kinase inhibitor lenvatinib in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).  

17 Jul 2019
All Helicobacters are urease-positive, able to convert aminoacids and urea into ammonia to neutralize stomach acid, andhighly mobile – characteristics that help them invade the mucosallayer to evade the body’s immune response. Helicobacter pylori(H. pylori) is linked to peptic ulcer disease, chronic gastritis,gastric mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma, andearly gastric cancer. The infection rate of H. pylori is over 80% indeveloping countries and 20–50% in industrialized nations, withover 4.4 billion people testing positive for the bacteria in 2015.1,2
19 Jun 2018
There is an increasing number of studies that shed light on the importance of our gut microbiota. Probiotics are live microorganisms that confer health benefits on the host when administered in adequate amounts. With new data emerging about their proposed benefits in maintaining intestinal health, probiotics continue to gain popularity amongst consumers.
Dr Joslyn Ngu, 04 Dec 2017

Advancements in genomics has paved the way for better classifications of colorectal cancers (CRC) and the use of precision therapy.

12 Jul 2017
DUKORAL – Inactivated Vibrio cholerae O1 serogroup & recombinant cholera toxin B subunit (WC/rCTB) vaccine (oral) – AJ Biologics
Conference Reports
Elvira Manzano, 04 Mar 2020
Some patients with colitis are more likely than others to develop cuffitis after proctocolectomy with ileal pouch-anal anastomosis (IPAA), according to a retrospective study presented at the annual Crohn’s & Colitis Congress.
Stephen Padilla, 21 Feb 2020
Treatment with ustekinumab has been shown to be effective for ulcerative colitis (UC) in a real-world setting, according to a recent study presented at the 2020 Crohn’s and Colitis Congress (CCC 2020).
Tristan Manalac, 21 Feb 2020
E-cigarette use remains low among adult patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and among these users, conventional cigarette smoking still remains prevalent, according to a recent study presented at the Crohn’s and Colitis Congress (CCC) 2020.
Stephen Padilla, 20 Feb 2020
Use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) among patients with Crohn’s disease (CD) could increase their risk of interval flare and is associated with nonremission status, according to a study presented at the 2020 Crohn’s and Colitis Congress (CCC 2020).
Tristan Manalac, 20 Feb 2020
Patients with Crohn’s disease (CD) seem to die at a younger age than people without inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), while those with ulcerative colitis (UC) die later, according to a recent study presented at the Crohn’s and Colitis Congress (CCC) 2020.
Jairia Dela Cruz, 20 Feb 2020
Among patients with ulcerative colitis (UC), vedolizumab serum concentrations in the fifth week after treatment initiation appear to have been higher in those who do vs do not show response in the sixth week, according to interim data from ENTERPRET study presented at the 2020 Crohn’s and Colitis Congress (CCC).
Jairia Dela Cruz, 19 Feb 2020
A diet low in fat and high in fibre seems well tolerated in patients with ulcerative colitis, not contributing to increased inflammation while significantly increasing populations of Faecalibacterium prausnitzii, according to a study presented at the 2020 Crohn's & Colitis Congress.
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